Timeline

THE Original Polish Sausage Stand from Maxwell Street

1901
July 11, 1901 Jim is born in a small village outside of Duf, Macedonia (formerly Yugoslavia).
1939
Jim arrives in the United States and travels to Chicago. Jim begins to sell Taffy Apples on Maxwell Street. Jim starts working for his sick aunt at her hot dog stand located on the Northwest corner of Maxwell and Halsted Streets.
1941
Jim buys the hot dog stand from his aunt.
1943
Jim creates the "Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Sandwich" with grilled onions, mustard, and a specially prepared polish sausage (made by Slotkowski).
1947
Jim creates the Pork Chop Sandwich "with the bone on a bun." Jim introduces a hamburger to the menu.
1976
Jim passes away. Jim's family takes over the operation of the stand.
1983
French fries are added to the menu – FREE with any sandwich.
2001
The chicken sandwich is added to the menu. Jim's Original moves to the Northwest corner of Union Avenue and James Rochford Street.
2004
The fish sandwich is added to the menu.
2005
Jim's Original moves to the Southwest corner of Union Avenue and James Rochford Street.
2009
Jim's Original celebrates 70 years of serving Chicagoland.